Rep. Adam Schiff was interviewed Thursday by “The Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper, who was in D.C. to cover the impeachment. The two men have much in common actually. Klepper thinks of himself as a comedian, while Schiff behaves buffoonishly.
The interview, which looked impromptu — it takes place on the National Mall — was mostly what you would expect. Klepper, who leans left, asked Schiff whether he thought the current re-impeachment is necessary. Schiff, who served as impeachment manager in the first Trump impeachment, replied, “It’s absolutely necessary. If he’s not disqualified now, if the senators don’t follow their oath and don’t follow the evidence, and he’s acquitted again, and he decides to run again, he will put the country through hell again.”
But the most notable highlight from the exchange came a few questions later when Klepper asked, “There are critics who say Congress should go back to doing more important things, like stopping the space lasers that are causing all the wildfires. Should we be focusing on those big, important issues?” Here is Schiff’s reply:
This points to another huge problem. … [T]he people who believe in that kooky, crazy, bat-sh*t conspiracy theory stuff, they’re members of Congress now.
The irony is thick enough to cut with a knife. Here is Adam Schiff lamenting that people who believe in kooky, crazy, bat-sh*t conspiracy theory stuff are “members of Congress now.” And what does he mean now? Has Schiff forgotten his claim repeated endlessly throughout the duration of the Mueller investigation of having “iron-clad proof” that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.
But Schiff’s human failings aren’t limited to his subscribing to kooky, crazy, bat-sh*t conspiracy theory stuff. He is also a liar and manipulator. During the first impeachment hearing, he lied about when he first knew of the “whistleblower’s” complaint and may have coached that person to get the most mileage out of the flimsy evidence he provided. He also staged a “dramatic reading” of the transcript of the phone call between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart on the House floor because he felt the original wasn’t damning enough.